Do you have Good Bible Study Girl Relapse Syndrome (GBSGRS)? If you answer “yes” to any of the questions below, you may be at serious risk for this maddening disease:
• Do you ever leave Bible study all pumped up on scripture only to find the messiness of life getting in the way of your grand, Godly plans?!
• Do you get sidetracked by the details of modern day life and find that all your good intentions just fly right out your window when you are, say, in a crowded, stressful, school parking lot?
• Did that lady with 26 items in front of you in the “15 items or less” line just stomp all over your good Bible study girl vibes?
• Did your adorable and beloved dog refuse to do his “business” on your morning walk, thus making you late for a meeting with an important client, causing you to curse the day you decided to rescue him? (Not that ANY of these things have ever happened to me…ahem.)
If so, we may have the cure for you…!!! Join us on our journey in reading and doing More than A Good Bible Study Girl, by Lysa TerKeurst! We started today here in good old Glen Ellyn and this is what we talked about:
BTW – I’m really just kidding about GBSGRS! It’s not really a disorder – but I believe it DOES exist, don’t you?! So what does it really mean to be a good Bible study girl every day? What does “walking the talk” look like in those days between sessions when we aren’t surrounded by our sister friends singing praises with us? What do we do when we find ourselves unable to recall what we so desperately need in the moment of stress?
Well, we need to fill up on Him and His word when we can, so in those moments of frazzled real life, we have a reserve to move the knowledge of God from our heads right down into our hearts whenever we need it!
Studying and learning God’s word, coupled with honest prayer, are the ways to fill up your head with the important stuff! And it’s moving that knowledge from your head, to your heart, to your hand and feet that ultimately matters! It’s walking out each day and every situation, learning to rely more on Him and less on ourselves.
There will be days when we miss the mark. As our author of this study, Lysa TerKeurst, is fond of saying, “Let’s go for imperfect progress”! “Progress”, in and of itself, implies something ongoing and therefore is NOT perfect! Paul (he’s my Bible boyfriend, in case you didn’t know that yet…!) gives us amazing encouragement in the FACT that we are not always going to get it right – and that there is an answer! Listen to this:
“It happens so regularly that it’s predictable. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up. I truly delight in God’s commands, but it’s pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they take charge.
“I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? Isn’t that the real question?
“The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does. He acted to set things right in this life of contradictions where I want to serve God with all my heart and mind, but am pulled by the influence of sin to do something totally different.” Romans 7:21-25, The Message.
As long as we are TRYING, and as long as we believe, we have His promise that He forgives us, graces us with His mercy each day (each MINUTE!), and orders our very steps – oh Lord, help me to walk those beautiful paths WITH YOU!
So. Here we go. Let’s start talking and walking like we BELIEVE these very things and apply that knowledge to everything we do. For the next two weeks, we’ll be reading and talking about REAL LIFE applications of scripture in asking Jesus to make a difference in our hearts.
If you are doing the study with us, join me over these seven days in completing Days 1 through 3 of Session One in the participant Guide of Becoming More than a Good Bible Study Girl. You will also be reading Chapter 1 from the book, itself! Follow the directions in your guide and answer the questions as best as you can!
Each week, I’ll be giving you a scripture of the week to MEMORIZE. That’s right, I said it. Memorize. You cannot recall what you never learned in the first place. So this is an important step in making sure we are infusing our hearts and minds with God’s amazing Word! You can memorize it in the version I give you, or you can look it up in another version that resonates better with you. You can even paraphrase it so you can better recall it! I don’t care how you do it, I just care that you DO it! Here is our verse for the week:
“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” Proverbs 4:23, NLT.
Why is this an important piece scripture for us to memorize?
It’s important because LIFE springs forth from our true heart. Take care of what is in your heart and be careful what you treasure, my friends, for anything we treasure and place in our hearts that is not God or of God is just a false idol!
Now, you get out of Bible study what you put in, and I hope you give this your all! Having said that, I’m not naïve. In other words, I know “life”. I “do life” every single day, just like you. Life gets busy, life gets messy, and life gets in the way of our best intentions. So I just want you to do what you can, and do it as well as you can. And I bet if you take the time each day to spend a little time with Him, you will be blessed beyond what you might even dare to think!
I also want to suggest a fabulous song each week to go along with our studies! This week, I highly recommend you search out and listen to “Nothing Without You” by Bebo Norman. Trust me, you’ll be glad you did!
For all those who choose to comment and/or ask questions on this blog during this week, you will be entered into a raffle to win a pretty fabulous little prize! What is this week’s prize, you ask?? A beautiful NIV Life Application Study Bible, complete with concordance, and all the goodies any good Bible study girl would love in an awesome study Bible! And this can be yours, for the price of a comment or two! Good luck! Winner will be announced next Tuesday!
Up later this week: What kind of Bible study girl am I?!?! (Wouldn’t you like to know…?!)